Run time is impressive
This is a new light from Hope. It gets a compact head unit with twin Cree LEDs and a two-cell battery with the new ES (Energy Status) fuel gauge — simply press the ‘test’ button and it tells you how much juice is remaining.
Like its big brother, the R8, it features a bar clamp with a bayonet-style twist and lock attachment. It doesn’t rattle but Hope only includes a 31.8mm clamp size in the box with the light. A 35mm is available, but it’ll set you back £32.
The battery attaches by way of a Velcro strap, but like the R8, the shaping needs refining to sit snug against a frame tube. We like the coiled cable, but it could be longer.
The R2 has two modes (Trail and Race) and six power settings. However, trail mode includes flashing options and a low high beam, so we wouldn’t go there.
Race mode has high, medium and low beams, which are a lot more usable off-road. To make it more intuitive, we actually think Hope should switch the names to ‘Trail’ and ‘Road,’ since that’s likely what they’re going to be used for.
Run time is impressive, but on full beam the R2 only puts out 1,105 lumens. This is more than claimed and, is OK as a bar light if you add a bright helmet light, but for solo riding it’s not quite enough.
The R2 would make a great helmet light itself, and it even comes with a helmet mount to make the switch.